Match of the Day: Next potential presenters without Gary Lineker

Lineker has been taken off air by the BBC
Lineker has been taken off air by the BBC / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

The impartiality row surrounding the BBC has hit the football world with Gary Lineker 'stepping away' from his role as Match of the Day presenter.

Former England striker Lineker criticised the government's new legislation aimed at stopping migrants crossing the English Channel. He compared language used by the government in its plans to stop those in need crossing the channel to "that used by Germany in the 30s".

The BBC said it Lineker's recent social media activity was "a breach of our guidelines."

We should probably be thinking more about the existential and philosophical questions this whole row has cooked up.


Who could host Match of the Day?

First things first; it's going to take a brave person to walk into the BBC's studios and sit in Lineker's seat just days after he's effectively been taken off air. There'll be viewers at home channelling their Harry Potter impressions before bursting out "how dare you stand where he stood". People don't forget Dumbledore that easily.

However, there are a number of people who have previously worked for the BBC and taken the reins on Match of the Day, either on Sundays or when Lineker has had other commitments.

Alex Scott is one name being heavily linked with the role. The former England international succeeded Dan Walker as the new host of Football Focus in 2021 and is one of the country's more liked pundits.

Scott, alongside MOTD pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, has confirmed she won't be appearing on this Saturday's programme.

Jermaine Jenas has been building a solid TV résumé since retiring as a player. He gave insight on MOTD during his final playing years, also appearing on BT Sport as a co-commentator. He has co-presented The One Show since 2020.

Mark Chapman is a seasoned pro also in contention. He has presented Match of the Day 2 since 2013 and also hosts Sports Report on BBC 5 Live.